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TACA aircraft crashed in Honduras

Old 30th May 2008, 16:53
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TACA aircraft crashed in Honduras

TV news saying that a Taca aircraft crashed in Honduras a few minutes ago, 09:45 local (15:45 Zulu); flight 390 was going from El Salvador to Tegucigalpa was returning after aborted the landing due to the bad weather. More to come
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Se estrella un Airbus en el aeropuerto de Tegucigalpa (Honduras)12:18 pm | 30 May 2008 | 12 comentarios | 2,373 views

Un avión de la aerolínea TACA procedente de El Salvador se salió hoy de la pista tras aterrizar en el aeropuerto de Tegucigalpa, causando una cantidad no precisada de heridos y sin que se confirmen muertos, según los cuerpos de socorro.

Foto: David James Clelford - Airplane Pictures.Net

La aeronave es un Airbus, que cubría el vuelo 390, que terminó su recorrido en una vía muy transitada después de salirse del extremo norte de la pista de aterrizaje.

El gerente en Honduras de la línea aérea salvadoreña Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano (TACA), Armando Fúnez, confirmó a periodistas que el avión procedía de San Salvador y cubría el vuelo 390.

Al parecer, la mayoría de los pasajeros se han salvado: hay varios heridos y bastantes ilesos que ya han sido rescatados. Sin embargo, hasta ahora se desconoce cuántas personas viajaban en el avión.

“En principio, no tenemos más que daños materiales”, afirmó Fúnez ante preguntas sobre si se han confirmado víctimas mortales.
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The above, but in English -

An Airbus crashed at the airport in Tegucigalpa (Honduras) 12:18 pm | 30 May 2008 | 12 reviews | 2373 views

A plane of the airline Taca from El Salvador today left of the runway after landing at the airport in Tegucigalpa, causing an unspecified number of wounded and refined without being confirmed dead, according to the relief corps.

Photo: David James Clelford - Airplane Pictures.Net

The aircraft was an Airbus, which covered flight 390, which completed its journey in a highly traveled after leaving the north end of the runway.

The manager of Honduras in the Salvadoran airline Air Transport in the Americas (TAC), Armando FUNEZ, confirmed to journalists that the plane came from San Salvador and covered flight 390.

Apparently, most of the passengers have been saved: there are several injured and many unharmed who have already been rescued. So far, however, is unknown how many people were travelling on the plane.

"In principle, we have no more than material damage," said Fúnez face questions about whether they have been confirmed fatalities.
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Check on www.cnn.com/live for video from TVC Honduras......
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From CNN:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/am....ap/index.html
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Video can be seen here: http://www.photos.aero/safety/avion-homdu.wmv

(thanks to www.photos.aero for hosting)

Doesn't look good at all! Seems to have split in 2
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thank God no fire. HOPe the pilots are ok. LOTs of damage to nose area it seems from the vid

edit: IT seems one of the pilots had died in this accident.
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about the airport

from wikipedia...while the runway is sufficient, it is on the short side:



Toncontín International Airport
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IATA: TGU – ICAO: MHTG
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Military of Honduras
Location Tegucigalpa
Elevation*AMSL 3,294 ft / 1,004 m
Coordinates 14°03¢39<=N 087°13¢02<=W? / ?14.06083, -87.21722
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 1,863 6,112 Asphalt

Toncontín International Airport (IATA: TGU,*ICAO: MHTG) is a civil and military airport that serves Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It is 6 km away from Tegucigalpa's center.



The airport's single runway is 1,863 m (6,112 feet) in length and is at an altitude of 1,004 m (3,294 feet). Boeing 757s are the largest aircraft that can land at Toncontín, as it is one of the shortest international runways in the world.

During the Football War of 1969, Toncontín was a major target for the Salvadoran Air Force, and it was bombed on several occasions.

In 2000, the airport handled 6,895,267 tonnes of cargo, 12,911 aircraft and 364,141 passengers.

Toncontín International Airport has 4 gates (2 in the new terminal), 2 baggage claim belts, 150 short term parking spaces, a post office, a bank, a bureau de change, many restaurants, several airline lounges, a duty free shop, car rental services and a first aid room. The old terminal is undergoing renovation, and will be used for domestic flights in the future. The new terminal is now used for international flights.

Toncontín is also the home of the Aeroclub de Honduras.

The origin of the name Toncontín is unknown. This airport has received much criticism for being one of the most dangerous in the world due to its proximity to the mountains and for years efforts have been made to replace it with Soto Cano airport in Comayagua, currently an airbase. Toncontín has been improved significantly by the work of CAT (the Airport Corporation of Tegucigalpa) and by INTERAIRPORTS, a company hired by the government of Honduras to administer the four airports of the country.


[edit] Airlines and Destinations

* American Airlines (Miami)
* Atlantic Airlines de Honduras (Roatan, La Ceiba, Puerto Lempira, San Pedro Sula, Útila, Guanaja, Belize City, Ahuas, Bluefields, Corn Island, Grand Cayman, Managua, Puerto Cabezas)
* Continental Airlines (Houston-Intercontinental)
* Copa Airlines (Panama City, San José (CR))
* TACA (Miami, San Salvador, Guatemala City, San Pedro Sula)
* Islena Airlines (La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula)
* Aerolineas Sosa (San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Roatan, Puerto Lempira)



[edit] Accidents and Incidents

May 30, 2008, Toncontín International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Airbus A320 EI-TAF: flight TA390, from San Salvador overan runway in approach to Tegucigalpa Airport, with bad weather conditions. At least 2 fatalties.
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From the airline, their website, sorry, in spanish...

http://www.taca.com/esp/oth/oabo/oabohon.asp
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In English....

http://www.taca.com/eng/oth/oabo/oabohon.asp
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From ASN

http://aviation-safety.net/database/...?id=20080530-0
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Reuters reporting Three Dead...

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNe...rpc=22&sp=true

Plane skids off runway in Honduras, 3 dead
Fri May 30, 2008 2:31pm EDT

By Gustavo Palencia

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - A passenger plane skidded off a runway at Tegucigalpa airport in Honduras on Friday on landing, veered onto a road and smashed into cars and a building, killing at least three people.

The TACA airlines Airbus, which had 142 people on board, lay broken in three parts and spewing fuel. Two people were still trapped in cars underneath the wreckage, an aviation official said.

The plane, arriving from San Salvador, circled the airport several times before attempting to land in heavy fog, survivor Mario Castillo told Honduran television.

"Suddenly we felt a big noise and we were all trying desperately to get out," he said. "The worst injured were the people in business class."

Local emergency services chief Carlos Cordero said three people were killed, two who were on board the plane and one who was driving a vehicle hit by the aircraft. Several others, including the pilot, were seriously injured, he told Reuters.

Some 20,000 gallons of fuel had leaked out of the wreckage, posing a serious fire hazard, Cordero said.

The plane zig-zagged off the runway and smacked into some cars, the local TACA manager, Armando Funez, told Honduran television.

One of the dead was Harry Brautigam, a Nicaraguan who headed the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said.

Tegucigalpa, nestled in hills, is one of the most treacherous airports for landing in Latin America due to its short runway and difficult approach.

"I am thanking God I am alive -- there are other passengers who are in a very bad way," survivor Roberto Sosa told Honduran radio.

The last time El Salvador's TACA was involved in an accident was in 1993 in Guatemala City when a Boeing 767 airliner overran the runway as it was landing and crashed into some houses. Nobody was killed.

(Additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg and Cyntia Barrera in Mexico City and Alberto Barrera in El Salvador; Writing by Catherine Bremer; Editing by Vicki Allen)
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20,000 gallons? that would be about the whole weight of the plane...maybe 20k pounds? even that is alot.
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Seem to be different versions on the fate of the Captain. According to Costa Rican paper "La Nacion" fire fighters reported that the Captain died however this is not yet official.

http://www.nacion.com/ln_ee/2008/may...do1558631.html
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Captain, and 1 pax died, plus 1 ground casualty it seems.


Is it normal for the speedbrakes to retract in a situation like this? and I see 1 spoiler panel up?

8 more landings and this plane would have made 10,000 landings...

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Perhaps due to loss of hydraulic pressure as a result of damage from the impact.

In any case, it is reported that the runway was wet as a result rains from Tropical Storm "Alma" which has been menacing the area.

Toncontin is probably the most difficult major airport in the region. My condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
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spoilers?

PK-KAR,

No spoilers on the left side either:



RIP to all ..

Cheers
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I know on the 737 we would retract the spoilers during an emergency evacuation, if possible. Is that the case in the airbus 320 series?


a subsequent report indicates it was 2000 gallons, not 20k gallons of fuel.

certainly checking position of reversers, spoilers and the like are quite important to the investigation.
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short runway, overrun, airbus 320...a tiny bit like sao paolo

wonder what the status of the reversers was

wonder if this was an attempted go around after landing/?
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Now pilot and co-pilot...

are reported to be dead:

A320-233 EI-TAF from TACA (Transportes Aéreos del Continente Americano)
Crashed while landing in Tegucigalpa, overshooting runway
Pilot and co-pilot killed, also 2 passengers from 124 aboard
Many wounded, deadtoll likely to rise
Ended onto a road, crashing into cars

Indeed, circumstances seem to be somewhat similar to the Congonhas crash.

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